I always knew Loki was something special. I have thought about how her life may have been many times, but even I couldn’t imagine the truth. The history that shaped her.
A post before this details how I went about finding information. In this I will instead tell her history from the beginning.
March 16th, 1992
This is Loki’s official birthday. I should say Little Gold though, since this is her birth name. Maggie was the one to change Loki’s name when she was 17. A man named Ray Miller first owned her and was the one to register her. He owns Mini Mountain Haflingers in Dudlee, Ohio (this is where the MMH comes from on the pedigree). He sold her as a weanling to Lori and Leroy Mast in Applecreek, Ohio.
Luna and Loki’s Family Tree
Loki was born of Alpen Konig, one of the most influential stallions in the US, and La Gold, a foundation broodmare.
Alpen Konig “King of the Alps” (born 1968)
He has bred many horses, including a Luna Gold, Loki’s full sister who was born in 1989 and produced several foals for him, and was sold and had more offspring, 12 in total.
One of Luna’s foals.
Aladdin’s Andy, another foal of Luna Gold.
Luna’s family tree with offspring
Life as a broodmare and riding pony…
Starting in 1997 to 2005 she had a foal, with the exception of 2002. 8 foals in total.
Loki, Little Rain, Little Lady
This is the information I got from the daughter, Julia, who emailed me after I sent the letter:
“She was my first horse and I rode her from when I was 9 years old till a few years before we sold her to Theo Hug in 2009”
Loki… I have several mirroring pictures.
“She was my riding horse for about 10 years… I learned to ride on her. We started out in a small pasture with a halter and 2 ropes for reins…. I would often just ride and lead or brush her around the barn and paddock… often on roads to a friends house. We took many pleasure rides with my friends and their horses… I rode her on many trail rides with 100+ other horses, some times on a 3 day campout at Salt Fork State park here in Ohio…. I remember driving her maybe once or twice but I mostly rode her… she was used as a broodmare and has had numerous foals….We have kept 1 foal of hers, a 10 yr old mare named “Little Rain” that is trained to ride and drive….”
Julia going for a ride with her friends. Loki was 11.
A cousin borrowing Loki for a ride. Enjoying the beautiful country. Loki was 3.
“I have always just called her Little Gold.. No nickname. The reason for selling her was simply because we didn’t use her as much. I had developed more of an interest in starting young horses and was using her foal, Little Rain, as my riding horse. I will look up some photos I have an make a few copies and mail them to you with in the next few weeks. My younger sisters requested a photo of her as well:)…I’m am glad to hear she is doing well for you!”
She told me jumping was one of her favorite things to do with Loki, and Loki enjoyed it. I then told her she also loves to run, and prance around at shows.
“And I can see her doing just that!… she had her signature “tail swish” with her jog and trot… I’m glad she still does some jumping an still loves to run! I know with their age we have to take some caution but I like to think sometimes that’s what keeps them still have their spirit…”
I had almost forgotten about her tail swish, the one that seemed so normal by now. It was like she is wagging her tail when she trots.
I then asked if she had ever taken her swimming…
“Oh I never took her swimming…she was often in creeks and I sometimes took her to the edge of a lake while trail riding but I don’t think we have ever gone in far enough that she had to swim! Yes she had plenty of presence! (In response to me telling her about Loki prancing around at shows) …she was a lot lighter and her head was more refined in her younger years before her age set in…but I think she’s looking even better now then she did when we sold her. In the last year that we had her she wasn’t used as much and had gotten heavier… do you ever notice her throw her head if you hold the reins too tightly on her?”
You know when you see people on communicator shows and the communicator tells you something about a loved one that no one else knew? This is how these emails were starting to get. I had always though that Loki was just barn sour with age or had a problem with her teeth (but she has them done every year) or some other reason she wasn’t happy and would throw her head. Not always, and usually only on the way home. I did notice if I gave her the reins that she would do it less, but I never really thought of it that way.
Recently when she sent me some of the pictures above I sent this picture of Loki decked out in pink and she said she looked great. I told her her color is really purple, but she looks good in any color. She said she had a purple lead and halter for Loki…. Loki has a purple lead and halter now.
She then went to Theo Hug in Racine, Quebec in May of 2009.
She spent the least time here, just the summer.
She was there for the summer camp as a riding horse. According to him, she did a few competitions with a beginner rider, and did very well. After that summer, he sold her to the last owner before me, Maggie in September.
Maggie is a very busy woman. She owns a summer home in Burlington, but lives in Canada most of the year. Why she didn’t keep Loki with them year round, I will never know. She boarded her at Trails End where I first met her. Maggie basically let anyone ride her, and didn’t care too much who it was. Loki become a key horse in the therapeutic riding program. When I asked Jacie if I could ride some of the horses, I started on Scout. I would occasionally get on Loki, but Scout was the main horse I rode that summer and even showed once.
One of the first pictures of me riding Loki… We hadn’t become very close yet
That summer, Maggie took Loki to Starr Farm in Burlington, and I stayed with Scout and the program. The next winter Loki came back. I can’t tell you how excited I was that she was back. I ran to her stall next to Beyla. I think the way she looked bothers me more now than it did then, but she looked horrible. Like a completely different horse. She was underweight, her mane was shaggy, different lengths and dirty, and her coat was dull and dry. I try to give Maggie the benefit of the doubt, since she really did not seem to know much about horses (she told people that horses get all the nutrients they need from the grass and really believed it. That summer she and Beyla were left outside 24/7 with only the shelter of trees and no grain or hay.) The image of seeing her after that summer apart is part of what drives me to spoil her so much.
First pictures back at Trails End.
That winter was the winter Jacie decided to downsize the program, and with that sold several of her horses, and Scout went back to his owner (he was a lease). I was devastated to see him leave, but I did still have Loki left to ride. I started to ride her once or twice a week taking her on trail rides with Mary Beth. That summer I wanted to do a few shows with her, and had planned on going to one, only to find out Loki was being moved back to Starr Farm. I asked her owner if I could continue riding her over there since I did not have any other horse to ride. She agreed and I followed Loki. At this point she had sold the other mare, Beyla and Loki was left alone in the field. Thankfully, Maggie fed her this summer. This was the summer that makes me grateful every single day that I own Loki, and do not have to answer to anyone else for her. Between the constant moving from there to Trails End for camps at Enniskerry on a moments notice and showing up at one barn to find she was at another, to being yelled at for putting Loki in a stall when it was pouring cold rain outside. That summer was the summer Nina, Maggie’s daughter, fell off in a field and broke her collarbone. Loki was blamed for that one by Maggie, but it was in a buggy field and Nina was off line and Loki took of to stop the flies from biting her. I know this because I few days later I went out there and we were being eaten alive. The flies were biting me and within two minutes I had maybe 20 fly bites. I could feel that she wanted to get the hell out of there and so did I. I let her run home, nearly being taken out by a tree in the process (it was a field with mowed “paths”).
At the end of the summer, she moved to Enniskerry for the winter season. At this point, Nina was petrified, Maggie was frustrated and I was worried. Maggie was looking to sell Loki. Lucky for me, she was looking for more than double of what Loki was worth, and would get (especially in Vermont). At this point I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford her, but it was still on my mind. I told Maggie I would take lessons to help “train” Loki and work the bad habits out of her (they weren’t really bad, but I mean I couldn’t tell her that the horse didn’t listen to her because she never worked with her). I was desperate to keep her close. Ever since I started riding her I knew she would make the perfect horse for me…. in 10 years. I was so close to being able to have her, yet so far away.
That winter we were working as a team. She started feeling more and more like my horse. Her biting habits were nearly gone, and she was finally in shape and nearly a healthy weight! There was a slight hiccup when Loki became upset and starting kicking out if you touched her belly. The thoughts were from Lyme Disease because it switched areas, to joint problems, to unsure. We settled on joint at that point and starting working and seemed better but not like before. I think it’s the ulcer problem I am dealing with today (suspected ulcers). January Maggie offered to give her to me…. Free.
I begged my parents, I talked to the barn owner, I looked for a lease… I worked my ass off and saved as much money as I could.
February 26, 2012
This is the best day of my life. To this day, every time the 26th roles around, I think of Loki and know the exact number of months since then. So far, it’s 16 months.
This day meant many things.
It was the day I owned my first horse. My first thing done as a legal adult. Some people buy a loto ticket, or cigarettes. Me? I bought a horse…. 8 years before I ever thought I would. Without the help of my parents. If Loki needed anything, I would pay for it. I would have to find a way to work it out. It was better that way because of the next reason.
The day I would not have to answer to ANYONE about this horse. I could ride her whenever, or at least have control over the riding schedule. I could decide what she would be fed. I would decide everything and anything.
I could spoil the hell out of this horse. After Maggie, she had some attachment issues. Some she still deals with today (she gets very angry when I skip more than one or two days).
I wouldn’t have to worry if she would be moved, or better yet sold without my knowledge, and I wouldn’t be able to say goodbye.
You couldn’t find a more spoiled pony… I bring her fruit daily, we go on long trail rides, we go to the ice cream stand and I’ll buy her a smoothie….
There literally isn’t anything I would do for her.
Some of her favorite foods include:
And most anything else.
Loki eating her birthday smoothie. Mango Maui- a favorite
Unfortunately for all my facebook friends, they get daily photos like this one. I mean, who couldn’t love that face?
I love going on bareback rides with her. There is nothing more freeing than galloping bareback. Not many people have a trust like that. A trust of your life, even if it wasn’t asked. I trust her, and she trusts me to keep her safe. Just the other day she let me ride her up to a fire and didn’t blink. Most horses run at the sight of fire, and rightfully so.
That beautiful mane ❤
I now understand a lot more about Loki… Knowing the past without knowing Loki you would think she would be a perfect horse for Maggie (who had her before me), but Maggie always had trouble with Loki misbehaving. But if you take in to account Loki’s personality and really consider her past, she is a one person horse. Specifically, Julia’s horse. While other people borrowed Loki, Julia was the main person in her life. I feel as though I have taken over that role and while I’m not her first owner, I enjoy doing the things with her that she and Julie did. Maggie wanted a perfect horse but didn’t have the time. That’s all Loki needs. She has always had a deep bond with her owner, and was always ridden by those with a pure heart, a pure passion.
She has this glimmer in her eye. It’s the trouble maker that likes to sneak out of her stall and find hay when hers ran out. The look when I call her name for escaping. The face I was able to trick with a hand warmer wrapper to catch her. The look she and I both have as we gallop hills, me laughing, her increasing in speed when she hears the hoof beats behind her get louder. The look when she thinks I brought her food, searching my hands, nibbling my phone to see if it’s food. It’s the face that makes you laugh when all you want to do is yell at her for biting you. Most importantly, it’s the look that will capture your heart <3.